1.    10 Sep 2017 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Messinias, Greece
    Posts : 186
    Win 10 64bit with AU

    Microsoft account security confirmation - is this a scam?


    My friend just got 2 e-mails purporting to be from Microsoft Account Team.

    The first one says her Microsoft account has been renamed. The renaming takes her current gmail address and changes 1 character in it.

    The email then says:

    If this is correct, you don't need to do anything.

    If this is incorrect, please follow these steps:
    1. Reset your password by going to https://account.live.com/password/Reset
    2. Rename your account by going to https://account.live.com/

    Thanks,
    The Microsoft account team

    The second email is titled Verify Your Email Address.

    There is a link to verify her current (i.e. UNchanged gmail address) and she is told she may be asked to enter a security code. There is also a link to click if she didn't make the request to verify the account.

    She DOES NOT have a Microsoft account to her knowledge.

    Has anyone else encountered this, which is presumably a scam?
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  2.    10 Sep 2017 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    W10Prox64

    This sounds to me to be someone trying to take over her MS account. It appears she indeed does have one. Perhaps she created it long ago and forgot about it? If the links you posted are copied from the email, when I hover my mouse over them, I can see they are legitimate links. With the breach of Equifax, I expect we will see a lot of this now, as it revealed a tremendous amount of confidential information. I would recover the MS account and change the password, and keep an eye on it.

    Just make sure the links you are clicking on are legitimate!
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  3.    11 Sep 2017 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 60
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    in short, this most likely a scam designed to get her login credentials. Have your friend look at this thread at bleepingcomputer.com
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  4.    11 Sep 2017 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Messinias, Greece
    Posts : 186
    Win 10 64bit with AU
    Thread Starter

    Thank you for your replies, @simrick and @yu gnomi. I will pass these on to my friend. Also advised her to change her gmail password as she's not in the habit of doing this.
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  5.    12 Sep 2017 #5
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Thank you for your replies, @simrick and @yu gnomi. I will pass these on to my friend. Also advised her to change her gmail password as she's not in the habit of doing this.
    Cheers!
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